The MN State Patrol is out and writing more tickets than usual and it doesn't really seem to be deterring the "Lead Foots" much.

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Minnesota State Patrol/Facebook

I travel pretty much every weekend on I94 and I can attest to the speeding problem. I'm not talking 5 to 10 miles an hour over the speed limit. It seems to be more serious than that. I admit that I usually drive about 7 to 10 mile and hour over the limit and I have many cars just blow by me. I'm guessing most are doing 90 or more.

I'm not the only one noticing the extreme speeders. The Minnesota State Patrol is out and writing a lot of tickets.

Troopers across the state have given out 2,355 more speeding tickets this year than they did this time last year. Of the total number of tickets, 142 people were cited for going faster than 100 miles per hour.

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The number of speeders ticketed going 100 miles per hour is is up 92% from the first 2 months of last year.  The Minnesota State Patrol highlighted a one week period in Feb. where 17 drivers were ticketed going in excess of 100 miles per hour.

21 of the 59 traffic fatalities so far this year have been because of excess speed. "Too often we see crashes from distracted or impaired driving where speed turns a minor crash into a fatal or life-changing event for those involved," Mike Hanson, Director of Minnesota's Office of Traffic Safety said in a release. "We all need to drive smart by going the speed limit or driving to the conditions of the road, especially in the winter. If we all do our part, we can get home safely to our families at the end of the day."

So, I guess the advice would be to slow down and maybe save a life or at the least some money.

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